Quotation by Sallust:
Mind is the great presiding principle that regulates human life. If the mind chooses the road of virtue, and aspires to true glory through that path, there will be no complaint of innate imbecility or the dominion of accident. The human character will then shine forth, in all its lustre, superior to fortune, and independent of her gifts. For over integrity, diligence, and other qualities, fortune is possessed of no power: She is unable to bestow them, and she cannot take them away. But, if impelled by appetite, or seduced by passion, the mind ignobly sinks under the dominion of sensation, vice and indolence, as they impose their fetters, and habit gradually rivets them. Corruption once begun, soon takes root in the heart. Our vigour relaxes: The flame of genius is extinguished; and time passes away without improvement. Meanwhile, the frailty of nature is sure to be charged (blamed) with the train of misery that ensues. Thus it usually happens: Men prefer miscarriage in enterprise to any source rather than to their own misconduct."
86-34 (Age at death: 52 approx.)
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